Tours a great way to explore region’s history

Hells Canyon

Taking a tour allows visitors to traverse the history of the land and its early inhabitants.

Every May, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office coordinates public events geared toward the state’s archaeology, history and preservation. Programs are planned throughout the state.

In North Central Idaho for 2017, a Hells Canyon jet boat tour is being planned for May 28. The day-long trip is led by state archaeologist Ken Reid.

Participants will explore the 50 miles and 10,000 years of history of North America’s deepest gorge. Witness the canyon’s petroglyphs and pictographs, the ancestral Nez Perce winter village at Redbird Beach, a Lewis and Clark fishing lodge, and other sites along the way.

While traveling the canyon, visitors may catch a glimpse of elk, otter, or eagles.

The group will gather at Beamers Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tours in Clarkston, Wash. Cost is $149 per person and includes a lunch. Tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited.

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